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Auditor says Warren circuit clerk is court shopping

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Mississippi Auditor Stacey Pickering says Warren County's circuit clerk is court shopping and should pay the state's legal fees in a dispute over the clerk's salary and subcontractor payments.

An assistant attorney general filed papers Wednesday in Hinds County Chancery Court, on behalf of Pickering.

The document says third-term Warren County Circuit Clerk Shelly Ashley-Palmertree and her attorneys "have continually 'shopped' from Warren County Circuit Court to the Hinds County Chancery Court."

In March, Ashley-Palmertree sued Warren County and Pickering in Hinds Chancery Court, seeking relief from demands that she repay $661,752 to cover what auditors say are payments from 2006 to 2011 exceeding the $90,000 salary cap for circuit clerks, and improper subcontractor fees paid to her father and predecessor in office, Larry Ashley.

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